"Watch this space. The power is with the people. I've got great faith in Kiwis.."
Bruce Smith is the Mayor of Westland. He takes his role – as a public servant, to serve the people he represents – very seriously. He regards it as crucial that he listen to, and respect, the views of those who voted him into office. His phone line is always open to Kiwis who reach out to him.
Here, he discusses his concerns about a number of current government policies, including:
– Three Waters: https://threewaters.govt.nz/
– He Puapua: https://www.democracyaction.org.nz/he…
– local government reform,
– the lack of independence in mainstream media in NZ
– Westland's choices around mandates, which emphasize our shared Kiwi humanity rather than exclusion of people
Perhaps what most stands out in this conversation, is the ethical and grounded way in which Bruce approaches local government issues.
His form of deeply caring leadership is desperately needed in New Zealand at this time.
Watch Bruce's speech for the Waipukurau Rotary Club in Oct, 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpZb2b2nGo8